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Roaming Brazilian wood merchants

Roaming Brazilian wood merchants

These Brazilian guys drive the country selling Brazilian made bows and violin wood from Europe. For violin makers like me, far from any European wood mill or US wood wholesaler, this allows me to pick through the wood before buying it, an invaluable service.

Fish glue

Fish glue

Updated 8.23.2012 - see below I came across this at Robertsons and Sons Violins where they have not used any other animal glue for many years. It is a good quality animal glue, liquid at room temperature and consequently has a long working time of several minutes...

Replacing a violin neck

Replacing a violin neck

A correctly dimensioned and properly positioned neck is crucial for the functionality of an instrument. A skilled violin maker can also use the neck to make significant tonal adjustments. There are many variables in neck dimensions and most makers have their own views...

Skeleton violin molds

Skeleton violin molds

Violin rib construction methods The sides or "ribs" of the violin are most commonly constructed of six thin strips of wood, reinforced where they meet at the corners and ends by small blocks of wood. The problem during construction is how to hold those blocks and...